Dear Campus Community,
We are writing to share important academic resources and accommodation information for the Spring 2022 semester:
Instruction and Academics
As outlined in the Spring 2022 instruction update, we will begin the semester with a two-stage process, with most courses offered fully remote for the first two weeks (January 18-28) and then moving to fully in-person instruction in the third week of the semester (January 31). Please visit the campus coronavirus instruction page for details.
Resources for Spring Instruction
As you begin instruction this semester, please take advantage of the following resources:
- Instruction (campus coronavirus website)
- Student Technology Equity Program (STEP) - provides laptops and other peripherals for students in need (Informational Services and Technology)
- Keep Teaching website (Research, Teaching, & Learning)
- Instructor guidance for the start of the spring semester of 2022 (campus coronavirus website)
- Instructor FAQ spring 2022 (Academic Senate)
- FAQs for GSIs (Graduate Division)
- Design Effective and Flexible Courses (Center for Teaching & Learning)
- Disabled Students’ Program (DSP) FAQ for Instructors (DSP)
Academic Accommodations and Other Supportive Measures
We have both legal and moral obligations to provide accommodations and other supportive measures to our students, and call your attention to important campus policies and guidelines concerning academic accommodations for religious observance, illness, disability, hardship, and other matters.
The Academic Accommodations Hub is the student and instructor portal for support resources and academic policies, including key information regarding academic accommodations, as well as links to mental health resources, resources for survivors of sexual violence and sexual harassment, and more. This hub is located on the website of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, and may also be accessed through bCourses (click “Academic Policies” in the bCourses navigation bar). The hub is also accessible via CalCentral. We strongly encourage all instructors to provide a link to the Academic Accommodations Hub in their course syllabi:
The Office for Faculty Equity & Welfare also has suggestions for referring to accommodations and campus resources in a supportive way on your course syllabus.
The importance of providing required disability accommodations cannot be emphasized enough. Instructors are encouraged to take the Disabled Students’ Program (DSP) online training “Disability, Accommodation, and Access in the UC Classroom” (visit the DSP Resources for Faculty webpage and click on the training link). DSP staff and the DSP Faculty Liaisons are available to answer any questions you may have about a particular request. Please be mindful of APM 015 (Faculty Code of Conduct), which requires that faculty adhere to university policies, including those regarding class sessions and examinations.
Spring Semester Important Dates
See the Spring 2022 Academic Calendar maintained by the Office of the Registrar for the latest calendar information (students in degree programs that do not align with the standard academic calendar should consult with their department). Below are some important dates in the semester:
- Academic and Administrative Holiday: Monday, January 17
- Instruction begins: Tuesday, January 18 (fully remote for first two weeks)
- Academic and Administrative Holiday: Monday, February 21
- Midpoint grading rosters open for instructors: Monday, February 7-Wednesday, March 16
- Spring Recess: Monday, March 21-Friday, March 25
- Academic and Administrative Holiday: Friday, March 25
- Last day of formal instruction: Friday, April 29
- Reading/Review/Recitation week: Monday, May 2-Friday, May 6
- Final examinations: Monday, May 9-Friday, May 13
Thank you for your continued dedication, creativity, and flexibility as we prepare for the start of the new semester.
Catherine P. Koshland
Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Oliver M. O’Reilly
Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Lisa García Bedolla
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division
Associate Vice Provost for the Faculty and Special Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor on Campus Welfare
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